Humans have used lead since we started to use metals. With a relatively low melting point for metals along with a high density, it’s been found in everything from stained glass in cathedrals to the pewter plates of kings. It was only in the late 1970s in the US when the health issues surrounding lead was finally recognized, and that lead was banned from toys, cookware, paints, pipes, and more. Today, we’ll be exploring the dangerous impact of lead poisoning, particularly from lead-based paints. [Read more…] about Lead Poisoning from Lead-Based Paints
Asbestos is a hazardous material that has been linked to numerous health issues, including various forms of cancer and lung fibrosis. However, it’s important to understand the conditions under which asbestos is dangerous to you: namely how long you need to be exposed to asbestos for these symptoms to be hazardous. This blog will look at the factors behind asbestos exposure to help explain the dangers of asbestos. [Read more…] about How Much Asbestos Exposure is Dangerous?
Asbestos in all its used forms is rarely found alone, instead often mixed, woven, or baked into other materials. Because of this, the properties of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) vary widely. As it became clear that the inhalation of asbestos had serious health issues including lung damage and cancer, the severity of the ACMs used became vary dependent on how easily those asbestos fibers could become airborne. [Read more…] about The Difference Between Friable Asbestos and Non-Friable Asbestos
Asbestos was used widely in building construction due to its properties as a fire retardant, insulator, and sound dampener, amount other things. While we’ve already posted an overview of asbestos building materials, this article will double down on one of the specific uses of asbestos. Much of asbestos found in home and businesses today comes in the form of insulation. Let’s go over the four basic types of insulation, their composition, and what kind of dangers that they pose. [Read more…] about Types of Asbestos Insulation in Buildings
Today we know the many health dangers of asbestos. We know how it causes cancer and scarring of the lungs. But up until the 80s, it saw use in construction throughout the United States and it’s still used in several applications here and around the world. Many think that asbestos is manmade. After all, it’s asbestos fibers that are deadly and most construction fibers, such as those in fiberglass, are manmade. Therefore, you might be surprised to know that asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral. Let’s learn more about how asbestos is formed and how its natural occurrence has caused contributed to its problems. [Read more…] about Is Asbestos Man-Made or Naturally Occurring?
Have you or someone you’ve known complained about being mildly unwell, something that gradually sets in and they just can’t seem to shake? Many who experience this wonder if they are sick: if this is some sort of low-level infection or a sign of a much more dangerous long-term illness. Some think to change their routine, habits, or exercise more. However, few think about how it could be the building they work or live in that could be causing this, something that is known as Sick Building Syndrome. [Read more…] about Understanding Sick Building Syndrome